sob story


Definition of sob story

: a sentimental story or account intended chiefly to evoke sympathy or sadness

Examples of sob story in a Sentence

She told a sob story about how she had to starve herself to pay for the rent. I don't want to hear any of your sob stories.

Recent Examples on the Web

Andy’s backstory elevates the book above a sob story–but redemption, recovery and hope remain the name of the game. Sarah Begley, Time, "Two Novels That Take On the Reality of School Shootings," 29 Mar. 2018 Plus, the tag only affected a handful of players each year and, ultimately, a guaranteed top-of-the-line one-year contract is far from a sob story. Jacob Feldman,, "When 'The Franchise Tag' Was Called 'The Elway Rule'," 23 Feb. 2018 Ahead of her audition, Gabby launches into a now-familiar sob story about her dad cleaning toilets, and her family not having much money. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Past Contestant Adam Sanders Returns, In Drag (Critic's Take)," 26 Mar. 2018 Yuudai’s sob story touched Shion, who’s now vowed to always ask Yuudai to prepare meals for him, all in the name of practice. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Second Episode of Terrace House Is a New Experience for Us," 2 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately for them, the host wasn't having any of their sob story though, and brutally shut down their claims. Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Nephew Brutally Shut Down on Live TV Over Wedding Invites," 26 Mar. 2018 To say that Nic Wehrwein's Anything and Always is a trite sob story fit for the slush pile at Lifetime would be to pile on one more cliche to an interminable 140 minutes full of them. Chicago Reader, "Bachelorette, Hard Times, and 12 more stage shows to see now," 18 Oct. 2017 Attempting to escape her, Sally encounters another nightmare creature, who bilks her of much of her small stash of money with a sob story that’s clearly bogus. Mary Gordon, New York Times, "In Alice McDermott’s Novel, A Cloistered Life Blows Open," 2 Oct. 2017 That deal is named after a game show in which housewives would tell sob stories in exchange for prizes. Jeremy Stahl, Slate Magazine, "Is Michael Flynn Cooperating With the FBI?," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of sob story

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sob story was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of sob story

informal : a sad story about yourself that you tell in order to make people feel sorry for you

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